Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken
Chairman of the Board of Management
TÜV SÜD AG
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken was born in Essen, Germany and completed his secondary education in 1977. He served two years of military service before enrolling in the RWTH Aachen University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He completed his degree in 1984 and went on to become a Research Assistant, between 1984 and 1990, at the Institute of Electrical Engineering and High Voltage Technology, attaining his PhD in Engineering in 1989.
Post graduation, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken held various management positions at ABB, a leading power and automation company, between 1991 and 2002 in Germany and Indonesia. After which, Prof Stepken joined TÜV SÜD AG as Member of the Board of Management responsible for the INDUSTRY and PEOPLE Strategic Business Segments and the ASIA-PACIFIC Strategic Region. In June 2007, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stepken was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Management. The international technical services group, with 22,000 employees worldwide, generated revenue of just under EUR 2.1 billion in 2014. In 2015 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stepken additionally became a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Engineers (VDI); in the same year he was appointed honorary professor at TUM (Technische Universitaet Muenchen). In June 2016, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stepken took over the Chair in the Executive Board of the Association of Technical Inspection Agencies (VdTÜV).
In his leisure time, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stepken is an avid runner and has participated in marathons. He also engages in water sports such as sailing and enjoys travelling.
Ms. Fong Pin Fen
Director of Cities Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions
Singapore Economic Development Board
Fong Pin Fen is the Director of Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions Group in the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She oversees the promotion and development of new business and investment opportunities in Engineering Services, Controls and Automation and Building Solutions sectors in Singapore.
She joined EDB in 2004. She was based in Shanghai as the Regional Director for EDB’s Greater China Operations from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, she was Head of Electronics, overseeing the promotion and development of the Semiconductor industry in Singapore and Head of EDB China Desk Operations.
Dr. Ron Ribitzky
Dr. Ribitzky is a physician with global experience in healthcare IT, life-sciences informatics, and Precision Medicine. He played key roles in driving innovation, brand differentiation, and competitive wins for domestic, international, and multinational organizations. His core expertise is bringing together crossfunctional teams ranging from clinical to business, technology, science, operations, creative design and the ecosystem. As the Founder/CEO of R&D Ribitzky, a boutique Healthcare IT and Life Science Informatics consultancy, Dr. Ribitzky focuses on consumer-facing solutions and next generation UX, Search, AI, and Semantic services. Clients he served include Microsoft R&D, Intel, IBM, Oracle, AT&T, Unisys, Kaiser-Permanente, American College of Cardiology, National Science Foundation, and the UN among others. Previously, Dr. Ribitzky co-founded SPH Analytics, and served as a Senior Healthcare Strategist with Intel; VP Advanced Research at Eclipsys, an EMR company; CIO at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and other. His academic appointments included Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Emory School of Public Health, Weitzmann Institute of Science (Israel), Kigali Institute of Science & Technology, and Kigali Health Institute (Rwanda). Dr. Ribitzky published, presented and led workshops on technology innovation and practice in industry events, public sector, and academia around the world.
Dr. Andreas Hauser
Director, Digital Service
Dr Andreas Hauser holds Degrees in Shipbuilding and Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He started his career at Corporate Research of Siemens before joining TÜV SÜD, a global safety, quality and sustainability solution provider, in Singapore to build up new businesses.
He is now leading the Centre of Excellence for Digital Service in Singapore, a key unit in TÜV SÜD´s digital transformation strategy, responsible for the development of new solutions and business models around safety, cyber security and reliability of smart systems.
The key strategic segments he is responsible for include Autonomous Driving, Industrie 4.0, Smart Building, Smart Healthcare, and Sensor Networks.
Dr. Jeremy Lim
Partner and Head of Health & Life Sciences, Asia Pacific
Dr Jeremy Lim advises senior officials at public sector agencies and has extensive experience consulting and advising multinational private and NGO clients on national and regional strategies for go-to-market plans and implementation, government engagement and public-private partnerships. He teaches at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Duke-NUS medical school, and in 2013 authored Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Jeremy trained in surgery and public health and has worked in senior executive roles in both public and private sectors. Jeremy chairs the steering committee of NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia) and sits on the Behavioral Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University, Centre for Health Informatics (NUS) and Next Age Institute (NUS) advisory boards. He also contributes as immediate past President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore) and convener for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Singapore alumni. Jeremy chairs the School Advisory Committee of the Meridian Junior College, the medical advisory committee of Dover Park Hospice and is a Member of the ‘Save the Children’ Asia Corporate Advisory Council. He is a volunteer physician with HealthServe, that caters to the health needs of migrant workers.
Mr. Tom Madilao
Regional Manager, Special Projects
Since joining Chevron Oronite in 1997, Tom has held a range of key leadership positions with increasing responsibilities including General Manager Technical, General Manager Maintenance & Engineering and Assistant General Manager Manufacturing & Supply. In 2013, he was appointed as General Manager Operations. Tom has recently moved to another role as Regional Manager, Special Projects from October 1st 2017. In this role, Tom oversees the next phase of investments for Singapore, China and India to support business growth. In addition to investments Tom also works with Oronite APR leaders to build regional organization capability, standardizing systems and processes and integrating the regional resources. Tom will also develop and implement the strategy in advanced manufacturing.
Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and his master’s degree in Engineering in 1988 and 1989 respectively from University of British Colombia, Canada. He also has a Master in Business Technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1995.
Prof. Kristin L. Wood
Co-director, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)
Dr. Kristin L. Wood is a Professor, Engineering and Product Development Inaugural Head of Pillar, and Co-Director of the SUTD-MIT International Design Center at the SUTD. Dr. Wood completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Wood joined the faculty at the University of Texas in September 1989 and established a laboratory for research in engineering design and manufacturing, and to a teaching laboratory for prototyping, reverse engineering measurements, and testing. During the 1997-98 academic year, Dr. Wood was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Through 2011, Dr. Wood was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Design & Manufacturing Division at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator, the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in Engineering, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Director of the Manufacturing and Design Laboratory and MORPH Laboratory. Dr. Wood has published more than 400 refereed articles received more than 70 national and international awards in design, research,education, consulted with more than 100 companies and government organizations on Design Innovation and Design Thinking, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kegel
Dr. Gunther Kegel (born in 1960) studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Darm-stadt/Germany and started his professional career at PEPPERL+FUCHS Mannheim - a company producing electronics for factory and process automation. Since 2004, he is CEO of PEPPERL+FUCHS.
He is President of the VDE (German Association of Electrical Engineers), Board Member of the ZVEI (Central Association of the German electrical and electronics industry), of the FieldComm Group and of eCl@ass e. V., member of the advisory boards of several German companies, exhibition organizations and of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Moreover he is co-editor of the magazine a t p .
Mr. Yeoh Pit Wee
Director of Operations (Asia Pacific and EMEA)
Pit Wee Yeoh is the Director of Operations, AP and EMEA, Rockwell Automation. Based in Singapore, Yeoh is responsible for the overall plant operations in China, Singapore, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland. He is accountable for production, manufacturing engineering, quality control, materials and inventory control, EHS, facilities, as well as continued improvement. Yeoh originally joined Rockwell Automation in April 2011 as a Plant Manager before he was promoted to Director of Operations, AP in 2015. In 2016, his role was expanded to include EMEA operations.
Yeoh has extensive experience in operations, business administration and general management. Having lived and worked in Brazil, China and Japan, he also gained strong multicultural experiences from his time abroad. In addition, Yeoh is an active speaker at strategic industry events on the topics of The Connected Enterprise and industrial safety. Yeoh holds a Bachelor’s degree from RMIT University in Melbourne and an MBA from University at Buffalo in New York.
Prof. David Rosen
Research Director, Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)
David Rosen is a Professor in the Engineering Product Development pillar at SUTD, as well as a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Research Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre at SUTD. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 in mechanical engineering. His research interests lie at the intersection of design, manufacturing, and computing with specific focus on additive manufacturing and computeraided design. He has industry experience, working as a software engineer at Computervision Corp. and a Visiting Research Scientist at Ford Research Laboratories. He is a Fellow of ASME and has served on the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division Executive Committee. He is the recipient of the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook in the AM field.
Dr. Dirk De Korne
Deputy Director of Medical Innovation & Care Transformation
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Dr. Dirk F de Korne is currently the Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH), Singapore. He also holds positions as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, and University of Tasmania. In KKH, he is responsible for the hospitals’ overall innovation strategy and execution, alignment and facilitation of initiatives and projects pertaining to cross-departments, multi-disciplinary collaborations towards patient service integration with relevant stakeholders.
Before his move to Singapore in 2013, he worked as Quality & Safety Consultant and Research Fellow at The Rotterdam Eye Hospital and The Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute, Netherlands. As lecturer, he has been teaching health care quality and organizational sciences as well as supervised bachelor and master graduates at the Institute of Health Policy and Management. He holds a MSc in Health Policy & Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a PhD in Public Health from University of Amsterdam.
Dr. Eric Wong
Chief Medical Information Officer
National Healthcare Group
Eric is currently the Group CMIO for National Healthcare Group and the CMIO of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore. He is responsible for the overall vision, planning and implementation of its healthcare IT capabilities. Eric was awarded the Ministry of Education, Singapore Scholarship in 1994 and received his MBBS from NUS in 2002. Upon graduation, he joined National Healthcare Group and in 2010 obtained his specialist accreditation in Emergency Medicine. Eric continues to serve patients as a Snr. Consultant in the Emergency Dept of TTSH. He attained his Master of Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, USA in 2015. As CMIO, Eric has been pivotal in integrating technology with medicine for optimised patient safety and care delivery. He has led numerous clinical IT initiatives such as outpatient electronic prescription and many others. He is also involved in national healthcare IT strategic planning, including National Health IT Master Plan and other workgroups. He currently serves in Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer Council and as Clinical Lecturer to Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He received his Clinical Leadership in Research award in 2011.
Dr. Pang Boon Chuan
Dr Pang is a practising neurosurgeon. Over the last twenty years, he has had the privilege of spending time in medical institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Singapore.
In 2011, Dr Pang led a team which partnered Accenture to bid for Singapore’s Ministry of Health tender for General Practitioners’ Clinic Management System. This, among other projects, led to the insight that health IT solutions tend to solve complex logistic and computing problems with complex human behaviour related issues simultaneously. Dr Pang’s specialisation lies in distilling today’s internet technology into discrete skill sets - state of the art browser technology, cloud technology, internet videoconferencing and security. Leveraging on these skill sets, NSEE was born. Dr Pang is Co-founder of NSEE.
Dr Pang is also involved in the development of state of the art eldercare health monitoring programme with TÜV SÜD. The programme required bridging technologies from seven other providers (from Australia, Asia and Europe) and was accomplished within seven months. The outcome is one of intuitive usability by the elder person without need to consult a user’s manual.
Dr. Dawn Koh
Senior Lecturer Engineering Product Development
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Dr. Koh received her Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore and has been in the Neurosciences field for the past 10 years. As part of her graduate studies, she successfully identified and characterized the function of a novel component (sputa nerve growth factor; sputa NGF) from the venom of a spitting cobra and its role in stimulating neurite formation in cultured cells. In 2007, Dr. Koh was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland (USA).
Apart from scientific research, Dr. Koh enjoys teaching and interacting with students. She taught several lab courses, mentored and trained students in the techniques of molecular biology and neuroscience both in Singapore and America. She has been an invited speaker and workshop presenter at various high school career fairs in Maryland, USA. Dr Koh is also President of a Toastmasters International Club in Maryland and obtained the Competent Communicator Award in 2010. She is currently a senior lecturer at SUTD and teaches introductory biology and chemistry for first year students. She also leads the Global Health Technologies elective for final year engineering students which includes student design projects in close collaboration with local hospitals.